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JENNINGS OFF TO HISTORICAL START
Brandon Jennings tallied 29 points and seven assists to help lead the Bucks to a victory over the Bobcats Friday night. Jennings has registered 252 points and 59 assists in his first 10 games in the NBA. Only one other player reached those levels in those categories in his first 10 games in the league: Oscar Robertson (255 points and 92 assists).
LEBRON HAS ANOTHER BIG NIGHT IN INDIANA
LeBron James scored 40 points to help lead the Cavaliers to a victory over the Pacers in Indiana Friday night. That marked the third consecutive game that James has scored at least 35 points at Conseco Fieldhouse. That is the longest such streak for any player at that arena since the Pacers began playing their home games there in 1999. Seven players have scored 35-or-more points in two consecutive games at Conseco Fieldhouse during the regular season: Gilbert Arenas (2006-07), Danny Granger (2009), Allen Iverson (2004-05), Jermaine O'Neal (2005), Jalen Rose (2000), Amar'e Stoudemire (2007-08) and Dwyane Wade (2005).2005
MIAMI'S BACKCOURT IS DYNAMIC IN LOSS TO TORONTO
Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each scored 30 points in Miami's loss to the Raptors in Toronto Friday night. That marked only the second time in Miami's franchise history that each of their starting guards scored 30-or-more points in the same game. The only other time that happened was on February 6, 1991 when Glen Rice and Sherman Douglas each scored 30 points for Miami in a victory over New Jersey.
GARNETT REACHES 40,000 MINUTES PLAYED
Kevin Garnett became the 22nd player in NBA history to play 40,000 minutes in Boston's loss to Orlando Friday night. Garnett became the youngest player to reach that milestone (33 years, 185 days old), besting the mark previously held by Oscar Robertson (34 years, 39 days old).
RASHEED IS DISMAL FROM DOWNTOWN
Rasheed Wallace shot 0-for-8 from three-point range in Boston's loss to Orlando Friday night. Only one other Celtic has shot 0-for-8 or worse from three-point range in a home game. Dana Barros was 0-for-9 from beyond the three-point line on January 12, 1996 at the FleetCenter.
ROOKIE HARDEN HAS SECOND STRAIGHT STRONG GAME OFF THE BENCH
James Harden followed his 24-point performance Wednesday night with 25 points off the bench in the Thunder's victory over the Wizards Friday night. Over the last 20 years, only four other rookies have scored 24-or-more points in consecutive games off the bench: Toronto's Charlie Villanueva in 2005, the Clippers' Maurice Taylor in 1998, Sacramento's Walt Williams in 1992 and Minnesota's Gerald Glass in 1990 (three straight games).
ELLIS HAS A BARRY GOOD NIGHT
Monta Ellis recorded 34 points, eight assists and six steals to help lead the Warriors to a victory over Portland Friday night. Since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74, only one other Warrior has registered 30+ points, 8+ assists and 6+ steals in the same game: Rick Barry (four times in the early 1970s).
HAWKS HAVE A BLOCK PARTY
The Hawks blocked 11 shots and did not have a single one of their own field-goal attempts rejected in their victory over Houston Friday night. The last time a team registered 11-or-more blocks without having one of its own blocked was on March 20, 2004. That night, Portland had 12 blocked shots to Orlando's zero.
PLEKANEC RECORDS ANOTHER MULTIPLE POINT GAME
Tomas Plekanec had one goal and one assist to help Montreal pick up a 3-2 win in Washington Friday night. Plekanec, who leads the Canadiens with 21 points (in 22 games), has more multiple point games (7) than one-point games (6) this season. Plekanec is more than two months ahead of his scoring pace from last season, when he did not record his 21st point until January 31st, in his 49th game.
RASK IS A ROAD WARRIOR
Tuukka Rask made 25 saves and picked up an assist on the Bruins' first goal in Boston's 2-1 overtime win in Buffalo. Rask has yet to be charged with a road loss in his brief NHL career, posting a 4-0-2 record in six away games, compared to a 4-3-0 mark in seven games in Boston.
MCCABE'S SEVENTH OVERTIME GOAL LIFTS FLORIDA
Bryan McCabe's goal at the 40-second mark of overtime earned Florida a 2-1 victory in Detroit on Friday night. It was only the second win for the Panthers at Joe Louis Arena; the first came nearly 13 years ago (Dec. 1, 1996). McCabe's overtime goal was the seventh of his career, tying him with Brian Leetch and Tomas Kaberle for second-most among defenseman since the five-minute OT period was introduced in 1983. The leader in overtime goals among defensemen is Scott Niedermayer, who got his 13th extra-time goal on Thursday night against the Lightning.
NOLAN'S TWO GOALS LEAD WILD TO VICTORY
Owen Nolan scored two goals, including the tiebreaking game-winner with 1:07 left in the third period, in the Wild's 3-2 victory over the Islanders. It was the 75th multiple-goal game of Nolan's NHL career, tying him with Keith Tkachuk for fourth-most among active players, behind Teemu Selanne (117), Mike Modano (91) and Mark Recchi (82).82
HEATLEY REGISTERS AN UNCONVENTIONAL HAT-TRICK
Dany Heatley scored a power-play goal, an even-strength goal and a short-handed goal in the Sharks' victory over the Flyers Friday night. Heatley became the first player in the NHL to do that this season and the first San Jose player to score a hat-trick in that fashion since Jonathan Cheechoo did it against Anaheim on December 20, 2005.